Costa Rica's Capitol
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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It was a rather full bus and got rather sticky at times but as we climbed into the mountains it got much nicer. Now this was supposed to be the express bus, but as weŽve come to learn thereŽs no such thing as express here, they stop for everyone. While we were up in the mountains, the traffic had to stop due to an accident involving a truck and a car down the hill on a nasty corner. Both parties were ok but for some reason no one wanted to move the easily movable car until a tow truck arrived. There were enough people around that could have moved it! Half an hour or so later and we were on our way and arrived into San Jose around 6.30pm. We then jumped into a cab to the hostel weŽd booked, checked in, got some milk from the shop, made dinner and then settled in for the night.
Fri 4th May
Got up at 8am, had breakfast and then walked into the centre past the new stadium http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estadio_Nacional_de_Costa_Rica_%282011%29 and via Parque Metropolitano La Sabana. On the way we looked at La Merced and then the cathedral. To be honest, it's not the best looking cathedral we've seen, (rather plain looking on the outside), but La Merced was nice though. From there we walked past the Teatro Nacional and up to Parque Morazan which is one of many parks in the city and has a very grand looking school next to it. Continuing on we noticed a bit of a traffic jam as two cars had had a coming together. It seems that when there is an accident in Costa Rica, no one is in a hurry to move them, I couldn't even see where they were damaged but the traffic jam behind them was unbelievable. We found out later (by asking the hostel owner) that if there is any disagreement on who's fault it was, they have to wait for the police to make a report or wait until the insurance company send someone to make a report before they can move the cars. This can take hours! One thing we have noticed in Costa Rica is that they don't sit on their horns like other Latin American countries do, they just back up and find another way round. That includes, 6 buses, 2 lorries and several cars that had to back up from todays little scuff. From there we walked up to Parque Nacional and then down the hill past the Museo Nacional to the Tracopa bus station to find out about tickets to Panama
Sat 5th May.
Got up at 7.45am as we couldn't seem to lie-in any longer, had breakfast and then got our bags ready as we had to move rooms. As it was still early, we left our bags in our room and the owners would move them when our beds were ready to move into while we went to the bus station. We walked through the park (that was filled with people playing football) and down to the bus station via the cemetery. Some of the headstones are rather grand. Once at the bus station we booked our ticket for the morning and then headed back into the centre to enjoy another fruit drink. We then walked back via the Art Museum on the edge of the park to have a look round. It's quite a nice looking building and on the second floor there is a lovely wooden carved wall on all four sides. There is also a tower on top and a lovely view of the garden and the park. We then walked back through the park and stopped at the Scotia Bank on the corner as there was a fund raising event going on with all the emergency services showing their wares including a helicopter that flew in for some attention. While the police were there they made themselves useful, one officer kept the kids (and Cat) amused making balloon animals
Sun 6th May.
Got up at 5.45am grabbed our gear out of the room, bagged our wet laundry seperately (mainly Cat's underwear), had breakfast and then caught a cab to the bus station. Bang on 7.30am, we boarded the bus and left the city heading south to Panama.